David Kornfeld composes "engaging and original" (Chicago Theatre Beat) music that is lyrical, accessible, and above all emotionally moving, with an underlying structure driven by a narrative. His background in jazz and rock improvisation informs his eclectic compositions, infusing them with syncopated rhythms and an organic naturalism that makes his melodies instantly memorable. As Stephen Sondheim would emphasize, the form of a song should naturally follow the content of the lyrics. But at the same time, the music will affect the way those lyrics are perceived by the listener. So it is sometimes the gap between seemingly disparate lyrics and music that carries the greatest emotional weight. David's deceptively complex music constantly sets up expectations and then playfully turns them on their heads, challenging audiences to listen actively and engage with the narrative. Growing up in rural California, David spent his sunny days exploring the woods around his house, inventing complex and dramatic stories taking place in far-off worlds, to which he composed cinematic soundtracks, which he would sing at the top of his lungs. One of the first pieces he ever composed (at the age of 10) was meant to accompany a space-adventure video game he intended to make. Though he never learned to program computers, the theme song did become a reality. Storytelling has forever influenced his work, and when he discovered musical theatre at Carleton College, naturally he found his calling. In college, his studies with Alex Freeman and Mary Ellen Childs introduced him to contemporary classical music, the infinite expressive possibilities of extended tonality, and the all-importance of melody. Always interested in non-western rhythms and harmonies, his studies abroad in Mali of West African music and storytelling traditions cemented that predisposition toward polyrhythms and modality, most notably influencing the composition of his chamber work, Gilgamesh. Recently delving into the world of children's music, David strives to create unique, age-appropriate songs that are engaging for listeners of all ages (so that it doesn't drive parents too crazy), with subjects that engage young imaginations and lyrics that expand burgeoning vocabularies. There is no reason music for children should be any less complex, meaningful, and articulate than any other kind of music, so David attempts to bring just as much melodic, harmonic, and stylistic variety into his children's music as he would any other style. Writing music and lyrics for an audience that is completely nonjudgmental can be incredibly refreshing, affording a freedom that in turn impacts the way he approaches his other compositions. As a music director, David takes a textual approach to song interpretation, helping singers to fully convey both the surface and underlying meaning of lyrics, from which a more musically nuanced interpretation will naturally grow. He works with singers individually to craft their unique performance of a song, allowing them to express their personal creativity and showcase their strengths, within stylistic boundaries. With choral direction, his priority is purity and clarity of harmonies, crisp, bright delivery, and lyrical, dynamic phrasing. David performs regularly as a pianist with numerous ensembles, including Jazzsquatch and the Hip Young Gunslingers Big Band, and has shared the stage with prestigious musical acts such as Blue Scholar, RJD2, Blue Cranes, and Brother Ali. His musicals have been performed in theatre festivals throughout the Midwest, and his incidental music, song settings and arrangements have been commissioned by theatres nationwide. His love of musical theatre and passion for discovering and promoting new work led him to co-found Underscore Theatre Company in Chicago. He serves on its board and on staff as Producing Artistic Director and Resident Music Director. With Underscore he co-produced the first ever Chicago Musical Theatre Festival in 2014. Currently based in Chicago, David's collaborations range from large theatres to sketch comedy groups, and everything in between, including Loyola University Chicago, Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN), Open Door Repertory Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre Project, Theatre-Hikes, Hey Ladies, Ex-Pats Theatre Company, Whiskey Wry Productions, Summer Place Theatre, The Cabaret Project, CPA Theatricals, Public House Theatre, and Li’l Buds Theatre Company. He is a licensed street performer and can occasionally be seen busking on keytar in downtown Chicago. David is the recipient of such awards as the Sigrid and Erling Larsen Award in Creative and Performing Arts, finalist in the 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards competition, a Kennedy Center commendation for Achievement in Music Composition in the 2012 American College Theatre Festival, and a nomination for the 2015 Ostrander Award for music direction. Among other things, David is currently producing the original cast recording of his musical Pr0ne, composing a new show about the Chicago Haymarket Riots, beginning work on a new musical commissioned by CPA Theatricals, and music directing Maul Santa at Public House Theatre. Apart from music, David loves the outdoors, cookery, and rearranging his furniture.WWW

David Kornfeld

David Kornfeld composes "engaging and original" (Chicago Theatre Beat) music that is lyrical, accessible, and above all emotionally moving, with an underlying structure driven by a narrative. His background in jazz and rock improvisation informs his eclectic compositions, infusing them with syncopated rhythms and an organic naturalism that makes his melodies instantly memorable. As Stephen Sondheim would emphasize, the form of a song should naturally follow the content of the lyrics. But at the same time, the music will affect the way those lyrics are perceived by the listener. So it is sometimes the gap between seemingly disparate lyrics and music that carries the greatest emotional weight. David's deceptively complex music constantly sets up expectations and then playfully turns them on their heads, challenging audiences to listen actively and engage with the narrative. Growing up in rural California, David spent his sunny days exploring the woods around his house, inventing complex and dramatic stories taking place in far-off worlds, to which he composed cinematic soundtracks, which he would sing at the top of his lungs. One of the first pieces he ever composed (at the age of 10) was meant to accompany a space-adventure video game he intended to make. Though he never learned to program computers, the theme song did become a reality. Storytelling has forever influenced his work, and when he discovered musical theatre at Carleton College, naturally he found his calling. In college, his studies with Alex Freeman and Mary Ellen Childs introduced him to contemporary classical music, the infinite expressive possibilities of extended tonality, and the all-importance of melody. Always interested in non-western rhythms and harmonies, his studies abroad in Mali of West African music and storytelling traditions cemented that predisposition toward polyrhythms and modality, most notably influencing the composition of his chamber work, Gilgamesh. Recently delving into the world of children's music, David strives to create unique, age-appropriate songs that are engaging for listeners of all ages (so that it doesn't drive parents too crazy), with subjects that engage young imaginations and lyrics that expand burgeoning vocabularies. There is no reason music for children should be any less complex, meaningful, and articulate than any other kind of music, so David attempts to bring just as much melodic, harmonic, and stylistic variety into his children's music as he would any other style. Writing music and lyrics for an audience that is completely nonjudgmental can be incredibly refreshing, affording a freedom that in turn impacts the way he approaches his other compositions. As a music director, David takes a textual approach to song interpretation, helping singers to fully convey both the surface and underlying meaning of lyrics, from which a more musically nuanced interpretation will naturally grow. He works with singers individually to craft their unique performance of a song, allowing them to express their personal creativity and showcase their strengths, within stylistic boundaries. With choral direction, his priority is purity and clarity of harmonies, crisp, bright delivery, and lyrical, dynamic phrasing. David performs regularly as a pianist with numerous ensembles, including Jazzsquatch and the Hip Young Gunslingers Big Band, and has shared the stage with prestigious musical acts such as Blue Scholar, RJD2, Blue Cranes, and Brother Ali. His musicals have been performed in theatre festivals throughout the Midwest, and his incidental music, song settings and arrangements have been commissioned by theatres nationwide. His love of musical theatre and passion for discovering and promoting new work led him to co-found Underscore Theatre Company in Chicago. He serves on its board and on staff as Producing Artistic Director and Resident Music Director. With Underscore he co-produced the first ever Chicago Musical Theatre Festival in 2014. Currently based in Chicago, David's collaborations range from large theatres to sketch comedy groups, and everything in between, including Loyola University Chicago, Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN), Open Door Repertory Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre Project, Theatre-Hikes, Hey Ladies, Ex-Pats Theatre Company, Whiskey Wry Productions, Summer Place Theatre, The Cabaret Project, CPA Theatricals, Public House Theatre, and Li’l Buds Theatre Company. He is a licensed street performer and can occasionally be seen busking on keytar in downtown Chicago. David is the recipient of such awards as the Sigrid and Erling Larsen Award in Creative and Performing Arts, finalist in the 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards competition, a Kennedy Center commendation for Achievement in Music Composition in the 2012 American College Theatre Festival, and a nomination for the 2015 Ostrander Award for music direction. Among other things, David is currently producing the original cast recording of his musical Pr0ne, composing a new show about the Chicago Haymarket Riots, beginning work on a new musical commissioned by CPA Theatricals, and music directing Maul Santa at Public House Theatre. Apart from music, David loves the outdoors, cookery, and rearranging his furniture.WWWW

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David Kornfeld composes “engaging and original” (Chicago Theatre Beat) music that is lyrical, accessible, and above all emotionally moving, with an underlying structure driven by a narrative. His background in jazz and rock improvisation informs his eclectic compositions, infusing them with syncopated rhythms and an organic naturalism that makes his melodies instantly memorable. As Stephen Sondheim would emphasize, the form of a song should naturally follow the content of the lyrics. But at the same time, the music will affect the way those lyrics are perceived by the listener. So it is sometimes the gap between seemingly disparate lyrics and music that carries the greatest emotional weight. David’s deceptively complex music constantly sets up expectations and then playfully turns them on their heads, challenging audiences to listen actively and engage with the narrative.

Growing up in rural California, David spent his sunny days exploring the woods around his house, inventing complex and dramatic stories taking place in far-off worlds, to which he composed cinematic soundtracks, which he would sing at the top of his lungs. One of the first pieces he ever composed (at the age of 10) was meant to accompany a space-adventure video game he intended to make. Though he never learned to program computers, the theme song did become a reality. Storytelling has forever influenced his work, and when he discovered musical theatre at Carleton College, naturally he found his calling. In college, his studies with Alex Freeman and Mary Ellen Childs introduced him to contemporary classical music, the infinite expressive possibilities of extended tonality, and the all-importance of melody. Always interested in non-western rhythms and harmonies, his studies abroad in Mali of West African music and storytelling traditions cemented that predisposition toward polyrhythms and modality, most notably influencing the composition of his chamber work, Gilgamesh.

Recently delving into the world of children’s music, David strives to create unique, age-appropriate songs that are engaging for listeners of all ages (so that it doesn’t drive parents too crazy), with subjects that engage young imaginations and lyrics that expand burgeoning vocabularies. There is no reason music for children should be any less complex, meaningful, and articulate than any other kind of music, so David attempts to bring just as much melodic, harmonic, and stylistic variety into his children’s music as he would any other style. Writing music and lyrics for an audience that is completely nonjudgmental can be incredibly refreshing, affording a freedom that in turn impacts the way he approaches his other compositions.

As a music director, David takes a textual approach to song interpretation, helping singers to fully convey both the surface and underlying meaning of lyrics, from which a more musically nuanced interpretation will naturally grow. He works with singers individually to craft their unique performance of a song, allowing them to express their personal creativity and showcase their strengths, within stylistic boundaries. With choral direction, his priority is purity and clarity of harmonies, crisp, bright delivery, and lyrical, dynamic phrasing.

David performs regularly as a pianist with numerous ensembles, including Jazzsquatch and the Hip Young Gunslingers Big Band, and has shared the stage with prestigious musical acts such as Blue Scholar, RJD2, Blue Cranes, and Brother Ali. His musicals have been performed in theatre festivals throughout the Midwest, and his incidental music, song settings and arrangements have been commissioned by theatres nationwide. His love of musical theatre and passion for discovering and promoting new work led him to co-found Underscore Theatre Company in Chicago. He serves on its board and on staff as Producing Artistic Director and Resident Music Director. With Underscore he co-produced the first ever Chicago Musical Theatre Festival in 2014.

Currently based in Chicago, David’s collaborations range from large theatres to sketch comedy groups, and everything in between, including Loyola University Chicago, Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN), Open Door Repertory Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre Project, Theatre-Hikes, Hey Ladies, Ex-Pats Theatre Company, Whiskey Wry Productions, Summer Place Theatre, The Cabaret Project, CPA Theatricals, Public House Theatre, and Li’l Buds Theatre Company. He is a licensed street performer and can occasionally be seen busking on keytar in downtown Chicago.

David is the recipient of such awards as the Sigrid and Erling Larsen Award in Creative and Performing Arts, finalist in the 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards competition, a Kennedy Center commendation for Achievement in Music Composition in the 2012 American College Theatre Festival, and a nomination for the 2015 Ostrander Award for music direction.

Among other things, David is currently producing the original cast recording of his musical Pr0ne, composing a new show about the Chicago Haymarket Riots, beginning work on a new musical commissioned by CPA Theatricals, and music directing Maul Santa at Public House Theatre.

Apart from music, David loves the outdoors, cookery, and rearranging his furniture.


    uniE603 Misty
    Lia Bendix, vocals David Kornfeld, piano Callie Millington, bass #audio #Jazz #jazz #trio #combo #piano #bass #voice #standardWW
    uniE603 What i'm Living
    Another tune from Liberal Arts: the Musical! (version 1.5), featuring the vocal talents of Laura Stratford and Jonas Davidow. This version is slightly different from what will be the final version which has its premier April 15th, 2012 at Second Stage in Chicago. #audio #musical theatre #musical #theatre #college #school #liberal #arts #theaterWW
    uniE603 Let Me Tell You
    Sung by Sierra White and the Original Chicago Cast of Liberal Arts: the Musical! produced by Underscore Theatre Company, Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. Music by David Kornfeld Lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser, David Kornfeld and Laura Stratford Lyrics: NOW LET ME TELL YOU ‘BOUT THE LIBERAL ARTS IF YOU’RE HERE TODAY IT’S ‘CAUSE YOU GOT SOME SMARTS IN THE U.S. NEWS & WORLD WE’RE AT THE TOP OF THE CHARTS BUT THAT DON’T TELL YOU NOTHING ‘BOUT WHAT’S AT THE HEART OF THIS PRESTIGIOUS INSTITUTION WHERE WE’LL TEACH YOU TO THINK HOPE YOU’RE READY FOR SOME SCHOOLIN’ ‘CAUSE YOU’RE RIGHT ON THE BRINK OF THIS TOP-NOTCH EDUCATION IN THE EIGHT DISCIPLINES SO NOW THAT I GOT YOUR ATTENTION LET THE LEARNING BEGIN YOU CAN DO ANYTHING FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS THE WORLD IS YOURS YOU CAN DO ANYTHING LET ME TAKE YOU THROUGH THE SUBJECTS THAT MAKE UP OUR CORE Art and its aesthetics give our souls their expression Mathematics keeps us grounded with its linear regression If you learn another language es haelt uns miteinander History allows self-examination with candor With Philosophy we try to make some sense of existence And Politics’ll teach you how to lead the resistance English lit…is one of the humanities AND SCIENCE HELPS US KEEP UP WITH THE JAPANESE Hit it! YOU REALLY HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING YOU’RE A TABULA RASA UPON WHICH WE’LL INSCRIBE YOU MUST DO EVERYTHING THAT’S THE MOTTO OF THE COLLEGE TO WHICH YOU MUST SUBSCRIBE No seriously, it’s on the seal. Tu Mustus Omnibus Do-us. HERE YOU’LL LEARN WHO YOU’LL BE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE ART, SCIENCE, HISTORY! AND HONE YOUR FACULTIES ‘TIL THEY’RE SHARP AS A KNIFE WHICH ONE’S FOR ME, IT’S A MYSTERY I GOT ONE MORE THING TO SAY AND LET ME MAKE IT REAL CLEAR THANK GOODNESS THERE’S NO PRESSURE HERE YOU GOTTA PICK YOURSELF A MAJOR BY THE END OF THE YEAR! #audio #Musical Theatre #musical #theatre #soundtrack #funk #college #liberal #artsWW
    uniE603 The Best Part of My Day
    Opening number from Pr0ne, a new musical from myself and the other creators of Liberal Arts: The Musical! WARNING: contains suggestive lyrics. #audio #Musical Theatre #cal #musi #musical #theatre #soundtrack #comedy #funny #humor #porn #pornography #masturbationWW
    uniE603 I've Been Here Four Days
    Opening number from Liberal Arts: the Musical! Vocals (in order of appearance): Lila Newman, Wesley Dean Tucker, Sam Button-Harrison, Kristi Parker-Barnhart, Andi Sharavsky, Harrison Gibbons, Amy Rapp, Chad Michael Innis, Sierra White, Jonas Davidow, Rochelle Therrien, Piano: David Kornfeld Keyboard (strings/organ): Randall Fleer Guitar: Jerrod Schober Bass: Matthew Ulm Zendrum: Jon Levitt #audio #Musical Theatre #musical #theatre #rock #zendrum #opera #collegeWW
    uniE603 Christmas For Cat Ladies
    Written for "A Sack Full of Coal" by Whiskey Wry Productions. Lyrics by Courtney McCormack. https://www.twine.net/signin Featuring: David Cocks John Martin Justin Hamby Percussion: Jon Levitt #audio #Christmas #cats #doo #wop #sexyWW
    uniE603 Creep (excerpt) by Radiohead
    Excerpt of a cover of "Creep" by Radiohead. Featuring Sarah Hoch & Miki Byrne on vocals. #audio #Rock #JazzWW
    uniE603 Little Girls
    A song composed for the Chicago Mammals production, "Asskicking Amazons," which premiered in March 2014. Lyrics credit to Chicago Mammals. #audio #punk #grunge #Melodic #metal #fuzz #rock #protest #feminist #feminism #angryWW
    uniE603 Hospital, Hospital
    A song composed for the Chicago Mammals production, "Asskicking Amazons," which premiered in March 2014. Lyrics credit to Chicago Mammals. #audio #punk #grunge #metal #fuzz #rock #protest #feminist #feminism #angry #screamoWW

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